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Today's Death Notices

Reta Jeanne Williams Merrill

Thelma Retha Santose Tuttle Niles, 90

Last Week's Obituaries

Lawrence Russel Palmer

Published on: Friday, July 15, 2016

On July 13, 2016, Lawrence Russel (Larry) Palmer passed away quietly in his sleep at his home on Shawler Brook Rd. in Sherburne. Born on December 11, 1953, Larry was a graduate of Sherburne High School where he excelled at football and baseball. He worked many jobs including doing construction with his grandfather, roofing, Vantine Studios, Pro-Tel, working maintenance and bar tending. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, card playing, shuffleboard and watching sports. He was also a member of Sherburne American Legion Post 876. Larry was predeceased by his father, Robert H. Palmer in 1979; and family friend, Niles Pope in 2001. Survivors include his long-time companion, Donna Jaquay, of Sherburne; his mother, Evelyn A. Palmer; his sisters, Cassie M. Palmer, of Little Falls; Robin L. Tucker, of Smyrna; and Tracy L. and Randy Hull, of Sherburne; his nieces and nephews, Megan A. Tucker; Cheyanne S. Tucker; Matt P. Hull; and Nicholas R. Hull; also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, July 19th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich. Burial will take place privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Larry’s memory may be made to American Legion Post 876, 15 Main St. Sherburne, NY 13460.

Peter Chaplin

Published on: Friday, July 15, 2016

Peter Chaplin, dedicated business and community leader and much loved husband, father and grandfather, died quietly at the UHS Senior Living/Residential Health Care Facility at Chenango Memorial Hospital on July 12, 2016.

Peter was born on October 27, 1929 in Montreal, Canada, the son of the late E. Bruce and Kathleen (Whitney) Chaplin. He grew up in Abbotsford, Quebec on the largest family-owned apple orchards in the province. While he was in high school, Peter was active in the Boy Scouts and he was awarded the two highest awards granted in Canada, King Scout and the Order of the Sphinx. He graduated from Trinity College School (Port Hope, Ontario) in 1948 and from McGill University (Montreal) in 1953 with a B.Sc. in Agriculture.

Peter began his business career with Kraft Foods Inc. in 1954, working successfully in Technical, Production, Sales and Marketing positions in Montreal. He was appointed Regional Sales Manager (Chicago) in 1968, and later National Sales Manager. He became Director of Marketing for Kraft’s Industrial Products Division (Memphis) in 1977. He became General Manager of Sheffield Products in 1980 and re-located to Norwich, New York in 1982. He retired as Senior Vice President of the Sheffield Products Division of Quest International in 1992.

Peter received numerous honours for his business and community contributions. He was awarded the Kraft Inc. Jade Ring Award for Product Development in 1978. Kitty Carlisle Hart presented him with the first annual Chenango County Business Arts Enhancement Award in 1989. The Arts Council honored Peter and Sheffield Products for five consecutive years of sponsorship of the Community Christmas Program in 1991. In 1992, he was named the Chenango County Business Volunteer of the year. He was honored by the Boy Scouts of America as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1995. He received the Harry Tecklenburg Leadership award in 2001. In 2015, the Board of Directors of UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital named the hospital boardroom The Chaplin Room, in honor of Peter and his wife Virginia.

Throughout his years in Norwich, Peter was a dedicated community member, and he was particularly active after his retirement. He was the Chair of the Chenango Memorial Hospital Board of Directors from 1992-1996 and again from 2000-2007. Peter and Virginia were responsible for the establishment of the hospital Walk-In Center, which served the community effectively for 17 years from 1996 until 2013, when it was closed.

Peter was also a Director of the NBT Bank NA, President of the Chenango County Council of the Arts, a Trustee of the Chenango Memorial Hospital Foundation, Board Chair of the Pathfinder Village Foundation, Director of the Chenango County Area Corporation and the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Chenango County Economic Advisory Committee, Chair of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Prudential Board of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational, Norwich, and a member of the Leadership Chenango Advisory Committee and the Greater Norwich Local Development Corporation.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia LeDain Chaplin; his two children, Michael Peter (Diane Zelman) and Cynthia Janet (Adam Gordon); five grandchildren, Mira, Saul, and Zane Chaplin, and Landers and LeDain Gordon; his younger sisters Jean K. Chaplin and Meredith Mittelholzer; and his sister-in-law Jean I. Chaplin. His older brothers, Edward and Alfred Chaplin, pre-deceased him.

Peter was a wonderful husband and father, taking a hands-on approach immediately after the birth of his children, and enjoying the growth and development of his grandchildren. Peter particularly enjoyed his years at the cottage at Chenango Lake, a place that was very special to him. He was actively involved in the construction of the log cabin. He loved working on the grounds and in the woods and welcoming his children and grandchildren for lots of summer fun.

His family would like to thank the entire staff of the UHS Senior Living/RHCF Facility at Chenango Memorial Hospital for their dedicated, professional and compassionate loving care. Each staff member made Peter’s final days dignified and meaningful. The family is very grateful, especially to Mrs. Deb Carnachan, Dr. James Simcoe, and all the dedicated members of the “2 South” team.

A service of remembrance to honor Peter’s life will take place Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the UCC First Congregational Church in Norwich at 11:00 am.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Monday evening from 5-7 pm.

If you would like to honor Peter’s memory, please make a donation to the Chenango Memorial Hospital Foundation. Peter, with others, was instrumental in re-activating this Foundation which supports the hospital in many ways. Donations may be mailed to the Chenango Memorial Hospital Foundation, 179 North Broad Street, Norwich, NY 13815. Or visit the Chenango Memorial Hospital Foundation homepage on Facebook, and click on the “Donate Now” button.

Funeral arrangements by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home

Barbara A. Thomas

Published on: Friday, July 15, 2016

Barbara A. (“Kelly”) Thomas, 78, of Norwich, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Residential Health Care Facility with family by her side.

Born March 30, 1938, in Camden, NJ, Kelly was the daughter of Edward and Angela (Bulinkis) Kelleher. After graduating from high school, Kelly enrolled in and completed a degree in nursing.

On October 31, 1959, on Governor’s Island, in New York City, Kelly married William R. (“Bill”) Thomas, Jr., who died on October 24, 2010. Kelly and Bill moved to the Binghamton, NY area where he began work at IBM and Kelly continued her nursing career. She worked as a registered nurse at both Wilson and Lourdes Hospitals, and in several disciplines including pediatrics, surgery, MRI imaging and home health care. After retiring, Kelly and Bill moved to Norwich in 2005.

Kelly was an expert seamstress, and she loved spending time as often as she could with the staff and her friends at Sew Nice. She also excelled at other types of crafting, particularly knitting and crocheting. Many friends, family and new babies received and treasured her beautiful handmade sweaters, hats and blankets. Grandma Kelly avidly followed the activities of all of her grandchildren, and she especially enjoyed watching Syracuse University basketball. Bill and Kelly both loved listening and dancing to Dixieland jazz music.

Kelly is survived by three daughters; Deborah T. Sutton and her husband, Thomas, of Norwich, Suzanne M. Thomas, of Safety Harbor, FL, and M. Kathleen Sylvester and her husband, John, of Endicott; five grandchildren, Tyler Saroka, Cassie and Michael Sutton, and Joseph and Sam Sylvester; sister Carol Toogood of Voorhees, NJ as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass for Kelly will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at St. Paul’s Church, where Father Ralph Bove, pastor, will officiate. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

A special thank you to the compassionate staff at CMH Nursing Home, including Dr. Simcoe and all of her loving nurses and aides. Mom made many friends during her time there, and the family appreciates all those that cared for her from the bottom of our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kelly’s memory may be made to Chenango Memorial Hospital Residential Health Care Facility – Activities Fund.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:​

Lloyd J. Ritchey

Published on: Friday, July 15, 2016

Lloyd J. Ritchey, 84 of Norwich and formerly of Unadilla died unexpectedly Sun. July 10, 2016. He was a lifelong Dairy Farmer, spending 60 years on the family farm. He was born on March 30, 1932 in Schenevus to the late, Joseph A. & Louise Ella (Bostwick) Ritchey. He married the former Ruth Arlene Jones in 1953 in Schenevus, who predeceased him. He is survived by his fiancé of 17 years, Eveleyn Graves, Norwich, 4 sons, James L. Ritchey, Unadilla, David A. Ritchey, Unadilla, Mark A. Ritchey, Unadilla, Gary L. Ritchey, Oneonta, 8 grandchildren: Jessilee, Bradley, Brittnay, Aften, Cody, Ashley, Shaylin, Eric, 2 great grandchildren: Joseph & Anita, his children: Karlene (Mark)McGowan, Greene, Karolyn White, Norwich, Linda Jones & Paul Utter, Norwich, Dennis (Selina) Graves, Norwich, 2 brothers, Harold E. Ritchey & Jane Shipman, Schenevus, Norman G. (Anna) Ritchey, Unadilla, and also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Marilyn Ritchey, sisters, Bernice Scott, Marion Fling and infant sister, Beatrice and most recently his brother Lyle Joseph Ritchey. Lloyd loved to ride around the countryside, telling stories about his memories in those certain areas. He loved camping, playing cards with his brother, Lyle and sitting next to Long River in Unadilla, where Evelyn and he, spent many times enjoying a picnic. He loved having his children around for spontaneous picnics and loved the color pink. In honor of Lloyd, the family has asked to have all wear something “PINK”.

Funeral Services will be held at the Westcott-Madden Funeral Home 123 Main Street Unadilla on Mon. July 18, 2016 at 1 p.m. Rev. Paul J. Utter will officiate. Burial will be in Elk Creek Cemetery, Town of Maryland at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the Westcott-Madden Funeral Home on Mon. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to service. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: Norwich Firefighters Assoc./Ambulance Service POB 147 Norwich, NY 13815 or S. New Berlin Emergency Squad Rte. 8 S. New Berlin, NY 13843. On-line condolences may be made at: Arrangements by the Westcott-Madden Funeral Home 123 Main Street Unadilla.

John Frank Wallace

Published on: Friday, July 15, 2016

John Frank Wallace died peacefully in his home on June the 12th, 2016 at the age of 77. John is survived by his wife, son and daughter of Cadyville, NY.

John was born on June the 3rd, 1939 in Norwich NY to Jack and Clarissa Wallace. After graduating from High School in Oxford NY, John attended Albany Business School and then entered the Army. John eventually joined the US Airforce, where he met and married his wife of 45 years--Anneliese Wallace. He retired after 27 years of service.

John was a beloved husband, father and friend. He was an enthusiastic gardener, cook and admirer of the natural world who will be missed by all that had the pleasure to know him.

There is no funeral or service planned at this point in time.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. (518)-561-3980. Online condolences may be made at

Henry H. Willcox, Jr.

Published on: Friday, July 15, 2016

Henry H. Willcox, Jr., 95, of Earlville, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 11, 2016 surrounded by his family at the family farm, in Earlville, New York.

Henry was born on September 14, 1920 at the family farmstead in Earlville, NY, the son of Henry H. Sr. and Bessie May (Conley) Willcox. He graduated from Earlville Central School and Colgate University. While serving in the US Army Air Corps, he married E. Ann Fernalld on April 25, 1943 in Beverly Hills, California. They remained happily married at the family farm until her passing in January of 2007.

Hank was the loving patriarch of his family and devoted his life to raising their two children. He was influential in their lives as well as the lives of his six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, while also taking on the role of father and grandfather to many other families and friends. He was a wonderfully supportive husband and family man. He ventured into several successful occupations such as farming, insurance, real estate, and rural letter carrier until returning to college in his early 40s to earn a Master’s in School Psychology to pursue his real love of helping kids. He worked until retirement for the Sherburne-Earlville school system nurturing and influencing the personal lives of these beloved students.

Hank was predeceased by his sisters, Mary (Nower) and Dorothy (Tefft). Surviving are his son Henry H. Willcox, III and daughter Margery Willcox Campbell and her partner William (Bill) Block. Also, surviving are his grandchildren: Tanya Schnabl and her husband, Eric, and daughters, Kaitlyn and Sydney; Carin Roberts and her husband, Lee, and daughter, Brooke; Henry H. Willcox, IV and his wife, Jennifer, and sons, Jeremy and Jacob; and Joshua Campbell and his wife, Nicole, Shepardson Campbell and his wife, Marissa, and son, Maximus, and Abbey Campbell and her husband, Adam Sherman. Also surviving is Carmen Sanchez de Lozada, his Bolivian exchange student daughter. Other members of the extended family include Marti Ciccone and Joanne Munroe; Barry Campbell; JoAnn, Gary, Taryn and Chris Williams.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 South Main Street in Sherburne on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 4-7pm.

A family celebration of life will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Sherburne-Earlville Central School District Special Needs Prom Fund or the Literacy Bag Initiative. Please designate your contribution by writing checks to Sherburne-Earlville Central Schools and naming the organization in the memo line. Send to Sherburne-Earlville Central Schools, 15 School Street, Sherburne, NY 13460.

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Margaret E. Crandall

Published on: Monday, July 18, 2016

Margaret E. Crandall, 81, of Oxford passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2106, at the Wilson Hospital in Johnson City.

Margaret was born on January 24, 1935 in Fall River, Mass. The daughter of Ralph & Edith Williamson Bodington. She grew up in Little Compton where she attended the local schools. Margaret met her husband, Leon, while he was serving his country in the United States Navy and they were married on March 11, 1955. Leon passed away on January 4 of this year. They moved to the South Otselic area in 1969 and for the past 10 years made their home in the McDonough – Oxford area.

Margaret was without question a very compassionate, loving, caring person who raised her family with the highest of standards. She was all about family and her door was always open for the less fortunate where they could have a warm meal and enjoy some good conversation. Her care and concern for others inspired her to become a home health aide. A hard worker all of her life, she could work circles around anyone. She had a “pilot light” that would ignite in the best of times or in turbulence. She loved her children deeply, they were her life. In her leisure time she enjoyed cooking, family gatherings, music, bird watching, gardening, flowers, sewing, knitting and shopping.

Margaret is survived by her children, Beth Fallon and husband Thomas of Endicott, Robert Crandall and wife Karen of Georgetown, David Crandall of Oxford, Molly Rounds and husband Ben of Norwich, Amy Crandall of Unadilla, Martha Martyn and husband James of Mich., Megan Mitchell and husband Wade of McGraw. Also surviving are her sisters Diane Bodington of Norton, Mass., Gail Scott and husband Raymond of Falmmouth. Mass., her brother Ralph Bodington and wife Susan of Little Compton along with 24 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband Leon R. Crandall Sr, she was predeceased by her son Leon Crandall Jr.

A funeral service for Margaret will be held on Wednesday, July 20, at noon from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. Jonathan Elsensohn, a family member, will officiate. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Wednesday from 11-12.

Larry Cruikshank, Jr.

Published on: Monday, July 18, 2016

Larry Cruikshank, Jr., 55, of South Otselic, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland, NY, after becoming ill at work.

Larry was born in Cortland, NY, on April 9, 1961, the son of Larry Cruikshank, Sr. and Nancy Yerger. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and for the past several years had been employed at Builder’s Best, Cortland, NY. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf, and local modified racing with his close friend, Pete Taylor.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Cruikshank, of Pitcher, and a sister, Tracy Straight, of N. Pitcher. He also leaves behind a niece, Tricia Straight, of San Diego, CA; a nephew, Tim Straight, Jr., of S. Otselic; several aunts and cousins.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Timothy Straight, Sr., and several uncles.

The family will be present to receive friends at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY, on Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In keeping with the wishes of the family, there will be no formal funeral service. To leave a personal message for the family, please visit

Julius R. Annese

Published on: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Julius R. (“Ronnie”) Annese, 76, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and three children by his side.

Born October 18, 1939, in the Bronx, NY, Ron was the son of Dominic and Grace (Fiore) Annese. After graduating from Norwich High School in 1958, Ron joined the Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1962. Upon returning to Norwich, in January 1963, he married Elizabeth Gail Griffis. During his 33-year career with the C & U Telephone Company, Ron was instrumental in the establishment of the Norwich Tel-Ops Credit Union, serving as its manager and treasurer for its first five years. He retired from the phone company in 1993 at which time he found his “retirement job,” where he worked until three weeks ago.

Ron was a Norwich City Supervisor for three years and the Republican City Chairman for five years. He was a 14-year member of the Norwich Rotary. As a 60-year member of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Ron served as an altar boy, usher, and co-chaired St. Bart’s popular feast day. He was also a long-standing member of the church’s finance committee. One of his proudest accomplishments was being part of the “Save St. Bart’s” movement, which has enabled St. Bart’s to remain viable to this day.

Ron was an avid bowler. He won Bowler of the Week and King of the Hill several times. Ron loved going to dinner with Gail, attending his children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular activities, golfing, helping friends and family however he could, and maintaining the beautiful home he shared with Gail, his loving wife of 53 years. His love for his wife, his children, and his grandchildren was apparent to all. Ron was a gentle man who was loved by so many and will be missed more than words can express.

Ron is survived by his wife, Gail; son Ron Annese; daughters Kristine and Tammy Annese; grandchildren Dylan Annese and his fiancée, Monica Jones, Grace Annese, Jacob Perrone, Gabrielle Lo Gerfo Annese; brothers Sal (Laurie) Annese, Fedele (Sharleen) Annese, and Richard (Lilliana) Annese; nephew Bill (Betsy) Cusack; and “By Love” niece and nephew Kathy and Barry Christophersen. Many more nieces and nephews also survive. Ron was predeceased by his granddaughter, Kelsey Ann Annese, on January 17, 2016.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Ron at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016, at St. Bartholomew’s Church, where Rev. Ralph Bove, pastor, will officiate. There will be no calling hours. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ron’s memory to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes Street, Norwich, NY 13815, or the St. Bartholomew’s Church Capital Campaign, 81 East Main Street, Norwich, NY 13815.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:

Bobby Conway, Sr.

Published on: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

On July 16, 2016, Bobby Conway, Sr., 85, of Norwich, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 24, 1931 in Greene, NY.

He served in the Air Force from 1949 to 1953. On May 10, 1953, he was married to Betty (Beilby), the mother of his 6 children.

Bob is survived by 4 daughters and 2 sons: Bonnie (Harry) Lakin, Teresa Conway, Bob Conway, Jr., Rose (JD) Davis, Randy (Wendy) Conway, and Robin Friedel; 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 1:00-2:00pm on Friday, July 22, 2016 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney with a funeral service beginning at 2:00pm. Burial with military honors will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Mt. Upton, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St. Norwich, NY 13815. Condolences and memories may be shared online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Donna M. Jaquay

Published on: Thursday, July 21, 2016

Donna M. Jaquay, 64 yrs. old of Sherburne, NY passed away on July 19, 2016 at her home in Sherburne.

Donna was born on July 30, 1951 in New Berlin, NY the daughter of Lee Due and Irene (Ray) Jaquay. Her childhood was spent in the New Berlin area where she was a graduate of New Berlin Central School. She also graduated from SUNY Delhi with her associate degree.

She worked as a nurse for 25 years and later for New York Central Mutual, retiring in 2013. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Sherburne.

Donna loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them whenever she could.

Donna is survived by her brothers and sisters; Linda Eriksen, Ed Jaquay, Judy Robinson and Bruce Jaquay as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her long-time companion, Larry Palmer, on July 13, 2016.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 4:-00-6:00 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home, LP, New Berlin, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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